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Italian football clubs and football camps in London

Italian football clubs and football camps in London

 Football is still the most popular sport in Italy and the UK. The amazing thing about it is that you can play it wherever you want. In a park, on the beach, in a square, what you really need is a ball and a friend to start off with. Playing amatory football is an experience almost all of us had in our lives but being good at it is quite a different matter !

 So why not start learning how to play since childhood?

 There are plenty of football schools all through the UK and some Italian football clubs as well!

 Playing football with an Italian coach in an Anglo-Italian environment could be also a nice way to socialize and feel part of the Anglo-Italian community, sharing the Italian language and Italian football style with Italian coaches.

 The oldest Italian club in London is Valtaro Wasteels.  Formed to satisfy Italian immigrants’ desire to play football socially, it was founded  in 1968 in the hall of the Scalabrini church by a group of enthusiastic potential players under the guidance of Padre Silvano. 

 The Training is at the South Bank University Sports Ground on Turney Road in Dulwich.

For more information we suggest the website

 Many of our readers might already know AC Finchley,  founded in 2005,  it runs over 20 teams from Under 8s to adults. All their coaches are  required to obtain the FA level 1 coaching qualification and nearly half have advanced to Level 2 and 3.

Further information can be found at

Barnet Azzurri Football Club is another well known Italian football club in London. It was established in 2006 and they play at the Old Elizabethan's Ground and Wroxham School Ground.

Further information about coaches, contacts and competitions won by the club are available on the website

During the summer Milan junior camp could be a good solution to entertain children with good sport practice. The camps are organized during the school breaks in the Summer and over the year at the Soccerdrome (ex David Beckham academy nearby the 02). 

Other camps are organized in  Surrey, Kent and in the future in Scotland.

While in London, Milan junior is planning to make agreements with schools interested in the model of Milan junior.

 Milan junior camp is an initiative promoted by  the Milan club all over the world and it is the youth’s football program more  popular in the world.

  The program offers an intensive experience of football  and sport education. Everything from the food to the workout follows the style of the Milan club.

The camps can be compared to training camps where the players and the coaches can deepen theory, and practice without forgetting the fun and the team spirit.

 All the coaches are Italian mother tongue and they acquired their qualification in Milanello.

The camps are usually attended by 50/60 boys and girls. The Soccerdrome can host more than 100 boys and girls in the 5/6 and 13/14 age group.

 To book a camp and get further information about the dates of the camps visit the website

Giulia Lombardo

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